Dec 14, 2014

Review: 50 Body Questions: A Book That Spills Its Guts

50 Body Questions: A Book That Spills Its Guts
50 Body Questions: A Book That Spills Its Guts by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book description:

"Unbelievable facts about an amazing specimen -- YOU! "

Most of us eat, run, or sleep without thinking about it. But our bodies are masterful machines of intricate design that perform amazing feats daily.

The fifth book in Annick's successful 50 Questions series guides readers through the details of how our bodies function, from the miracles of genetics, to immune cells shaped like sea monsters.

With her engaging, lucid style, Lloyd Kyi incorporates recent scientific research to explain our body's complex workings. Kids will love finding the answers to questions such as: Do blood cells travel single file? (In our capillaries, blood cells have to squeeze through one at a time.) How is your spine like a racetrack? (Messages race down the nerves in your spinal cord faster than a NASCAR driver.) Is your brain like plastic? (Your brain's ability to change is called "plasticity.") Can your lungs take a hike? (Your lungs and blood vessels adapt to altitude changes.) Are there aliens inside you? (The invasion of microscopic living organisms started the moment you were born.)

You'll discover how people avoided epidemics in ancient Pakistan and why your goldfish can see things you can't. Hilarious illustrations will keep kids laughing as they learn.


I love educational books that are just plain fun to the point it doesn't feel like learning. This book was an amazing idea with so much information that even the non- biology minded of us can enjoy it. I was given this book for an honest review. I think most children would love it just because of it's cute appearance plus answer to many questions that amaze.

I enjoyed the book as an adult and appreciate the lessons and info. Awesome book for kids.

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Review: The Blacksmith

The Blacksmith
The Blacksmith by Susan Shultz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book description:

My name is Ainsley. I live among the dead.

Meet Ainsley. Ainsley lives alone, and she likes it that way. Ainsley has some secrets. Dark secrets.

Sometimes, Ainsley feels like the Blacksmith is the only one who will ever understand her. The Blacksmith resides in the graveyard in her garden. You see, Ainsley’s heart was broken long ago, and now it’s dead. As dead as the Blacksmith’s. They belong together.

Then there’s Sam: sweet, loving Sam. Ainsley was abandoned by anyone she ever loved, but Sam has always been there. If her heart weren’t already dead, Ainsley might even say she loved him.

Not even Sam knows the depth’s of Ainsley’s darkness…and lately, she’s come very, very close to revealing it to him.

But the Blacksmith says no. And what the Blacksmith says, goes.


I received n advance copy of this book to provide an honest review.

The story started creepy immediately with Ainsley's description of her life, home, and dead heart. I thought she was literally dead, but later determined that she either communicates, or thinks she does, with the dead family members and friends in the graveyard she tends behind her house.

Ainsley has a job as a librarian and a best friend Sam from childhood. Ainsley also has quite a secret night life where she lets the monster inside her out. She claims she incapable of love and also tells of some of the horrors of her friends who she talks to in the graveyard. If she could love, she would love Sam.

The story continues mysteriously with a touch of old horror stories where you don't know what she means about a dead heart. She had miscarriages and can't carry a baby.... Is it a figure of speech or is her heart ? Supernatural. Does she actually talk to the dead or is she crazy? I love it, and of course like old horror it ends horrifically sad.

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Dec 10, 2014

Book Hop ~ Wings of Darkness by Sherri Wingler

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Death comes for everyone eventually, but Izzy Maitland plans to live forever. At nearly eighteen years old, it's not an unreasonable goal, but Fate has other plans. Izzy has a car accident. A bad one. Suddenly, strange things start happening and her ordinary life is turned upside down. She wakes up tasting blood, more often than not, and her injuries heal at an alarming rate. Her friends and family weaken, and every day, Izzy grows stronger. Strangest of all, she seems to have acquired a stalker, and he might be the Angel of Death.

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Sherri Wingler is the author of Wings of Darkness, Book 1 of The Immortal Sorrows Series, and the upcoming Wings of Shadow, due early 2015.
She lives and works way more than full-timein Indiana.
Sherri shares her home with her husband Steve, far too many rescued kitty cats, two geriatric dogs, and one co-dependent Shih-Tzu, named Spanky. (Without Spanky’s help, this book would have been finished much sooner!)

When she isn’t writing, or working in the real world, her spare time is spent raising money for her local Humane Society, in the hopes that she can save at least a few little critters.
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Dec 9, 2014

Sleep Jenny ~ Happy Release Day Aubrie Dionne ~ GIVEAWAY




As the daughter of multimillionaires, Jennifer has everything she's ever needed, except time. Diagnosed with a form of incurable cancer, she has only months to live, and her dreams of working for National Geographic to save African elephants and polar bears are shattered. Her only hope is an experimental cryogenic freezing program, which will keep her in stasis until doctors can find a cure. The cure comes three hundred years too late, and she wakes to a futuristic world where animals are all but forgotten.

Descendants of her brother adopt her, and she's thrown back into high school. Exara, the class beauty, calls Jenny the Neanderthal girl, and she becomes more of a sideshow than a member of the senior class. Only Exara's gorgeous boyfriend, Maxim sympathizes with her. Her developing feelings for Maxim are only the beginning of her problems. There aren't any more animals to save, so Jenny involves herself with a rebel group called the Timesurfers, explorers searching the galaxy for another planet to inhabit to clone long-dead animal species. Soon, she must choose between her blossoming feelings for Maxim and her lifelong dream.



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Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.

Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "A concert flutist" when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.

Dec 5, 2014

Review: Watched

Watched by C.J. Lyons

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


When hackers can hijack any cellphone or computer webcam, no one is safe - including Jesse.

Jesse seems like a normal sixteen-year-old, but he isn't. He is a victim of King - a ruthless hacker who has been blackmailing Jesse with incriminating screen photos and videos. So far, Jesse's given in to King's demands in order to protect his family. But now King wants something that's too horrible to contemplate- and if he doesn't get it, King will kill Jesse's little sister.

Terrified and helpless, the answer to Jesse's prayers arrives in the form of a plain manila envelope. Inside there's a phone number and a note: I can help.


This book scared the crap out of me as a parent and as a human. So many children and teens are sex slaves and / or are abused today and none of us like to think about it, but it is real. It is on the Internet for their undeserved shame to linger for years to come and humiliate them into believing there is no way out. I heard on the news recently about the thousands and thousands of people (children & teens) who are locked away & abused right here in our "free country". The facts are completely overwhelming.

The book being fiction or not, the fact is that these nightmares actually happen to young people. In this book, as well as in real life, there is a family member involved. It was so disturbing I thought about the characters long after I'd put the book down.

The characters were both so strong and determined to do something other than be a victim. The book was great in that the characters worked together even though the odds were against them. I loved that there was some relief for the characters Watched. It is a very disturbing book that everyone should read. I was given this book for an honest review.

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Nov 21, 2014

Review: Game of Clones: The Clone Chronicles #3

Game of Clones: The Clone Chronicles #3
Game of Clones: The Clone Chronicles #3 by M.E. Castle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Fisher Bas was able to track down his gone-Hollywood Clone--Two--but only with the help of Amanda Cantrell. Now "Three" and Dr. X remain on the loose. If Fisher is going to stop his secret from coming out, he'll have to figure out a cover for his brother clone and keep Three from helping Dr. X take over the world.

That proves much harder as Fisher is no longer able to keep Two a secret and crazy things start happening at Wompalog Middle School. Turns out Three has come to Palo Alto bent on eliminating Fisher and Two. The boys will have to pull together their friends and an unlikely ally to stop Three and his clone army. The future of Fisher and Two's hometown depends on it.


The Clone Chronicles is the 3rd book, and I am glad to say I read the first two with my 9 year old beforehand. WE loved all of the books. The witty conversations and outlandish creations had me & my son both hooked. Fisher and his original clone, Two, found themselves having to deal with a 3rd clone named Three. Three being a Dr. X creation, he was of course evil.

Fisher had always been a misunderstood loner because of his genius which made it unlikely for him to relate to children his own age. He created Two to go to school for him in the beginning to deal with that social part of his life which he hated, and the bullies that he wanted to avoid in a previous book. Two and Fisher were not very successful in working together at first. Two was popular, liked, outgoing, and unwilling to have Fisher dictate his life, and unwilling to run from the bullies. Two is also extremely intelligent. Thankfully Two finally becomes known as Alex.

Fisher and Alex (formerly Two), will have to use their combined genius to defeat Three (save the school, town, world, etc.). What I loved most is that the book is full of creativity in the action, machines, creations, inventions . . . Everything is so creative and fast paced to keep a young reader interested. Something is always being invented, and I love the sarcasm and wit, banter among the characters. Some of the things said are so funny my son couldn't stop laughing.

I was as provided an advanced copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own. I highly recommend this book for middle readers. There is plenty of action, adventure, and humor. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit myself.

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Review: Far From You

Far From You
Far From You by Tess Sharpe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book description:

Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That's how long recovering addict Sophie's been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she'd already beaten, Sophie's finally out and on the trail of the killer - but can she track them down before they come for her?


It took me quite a while to finish Far From You. The story was so heart wrenching I could only take it in small doses. The reading would actually make me feel so many things on so many levels that I would have to take a breather.

Sophie is so lost and tormented without her lifelong best friend Mina, and launches herself completely into finding out who took Mina from her. She throws herself into solving the murder once she is released from forced rehab after she was framed at Mina's murder to make everyone think it was a drug deal gone wrong. Trev, Mina's brother, had always had a crush on Sophie, and the details of Sophie and Mina's relationship comes out little by little in well placed flash backs throughout the story. Trev was such a good guy who felt responsible for the accident that originally caused Sophie to be disabled.... There is a lot going on in this book that keeps these friends intertwined in each other's lives to an unreal and painful depth. I felt so torn and emotional every time I read a chapter that I would have to regroup and switch to a lighter happy read for a while.

Far From You twisted into a good mystery to be solved surrounding Mina's murder and the murder's connection to another posssible murder that Mina was researching when she was killed. The raw emotions, friendships, family bonds, fear, love, and shattering of some of those things makes this a read that will keep you thinking it over once you have put it down.

I was given this book free of charge before it's release date for the purpose of an honest review. I am sure I will think of it many times throughout my life. Friendship is a precious thing, and it is hard to imagine losing someone that is an actual part of you.

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Nov 16, 2014

Review: Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?


The book started off pretty quickly with distress and a bad situation for poor Ismae. I was lured to read on to figure out who had bothered to rescue her, and by the time we reached the assassin nuns I was pretty interested in where this could go. How could I not be interested in a gal who Death Himself had blessed with gifts. She felt useful, had a purpose, all sounds good....

Enter the handsome and honorable man . . . Doesn't that always throw the story? At least the attraction was a slow one with many verbal jabs and tension as she fumbled her way through a mission at court with the "higher ups".

There were some slow spots, but I didn't mind so much, because the spots seemed to either lead to understanding Ismae or graze one of the multiple plots that continued to come about. Who done it, who is doing it, ok it's coming from every direction . . .

I enjoyed the read largely because of our lady nun assin's eagerness in constantly wanting to kill someone & be done. HAHA.

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